Andy Thomas considers his lack of formal art education an asset as he has developed a lifetime habit of artistic exploration. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Marketing Management from Missouri Southern State in 1981.
After sixteen years in the advertising business, Thomas resigned his position as Staff Vice-President of Marketing Services for a Fortune 500 company to pursue painting full time. Since then his art has been exhibited across the United States
His exhibition works are almost exclusively oil paintings but his studio work includes watercolor, pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, ink wash and sculpture. Creative woodworking is another pursuit and his studio home incorporates many architectural features of his work.
In 1996, Thomas had both hands severely injured from an explosion in his shop. In an attempt to return to painting prematurely, his right hand was further damaged. Compelled to paint, he worked using his bandaged left hand and completed, among others, the richly detailed painting "Custer at Little Big Horn."
Historical paintings let Thomas combine his love of art and an interest in history. He has completed several landmark paintings of Civil War battles in the Trans-Mississippi theater and illustrated several books of the Civil War. His originals are on display in museums, National and State parks as well as in private collections. Andy and Dina have enjoyed the art community in Missouri while raising their six children. They have used his talents and artwork to help numerous charities and non-profit organizations.
More about Andy Thomas can be found at his website
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